Short on time? Book a mini break in the country! Take your pick from these short breaks at cottages, farmhouses and villas in the countryside. Perfect for long weekends away, short rural breaks let you escape to the great outdoors and recharge your batteries.
Marvel at the breath-taking beauty of the UK’s finest rural areas on your short rural break. Discover the tranquillity of the Lake District, go mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons or climb Snowdon, Wales’s highest peak.
If you have a long weekend to spare, hop over the water to an Irish country cottage or try Scotland for jaw-dropping panoramic views of the mountains and Highlands. Alternatively, you could follow the Spanish sunshine and hide away in a stylish Galician converted barn, or head to sun-baked Cyprus and choose a poolside apartment in Paphos.
“Authentic, spacious, clean apartment with a view” We stayed here in September and really enjoyed our time here. Praiano was the perfect location for us, much quieter and more authentic than the larger towns of Positano and Amalfi. The apartment was of
Wake up with the view's over the Strait of Lombok, the private infinity swimming pool and beautiful landscaped tropical garden. A delicious and healthy breakfast in the sun on your terrace or in the shade of the original Balinese “bale benong“, the roofed terrace .A …see more
Located on the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro this rustic bush camp enjoys fantastic views. 3 classic safari tents accommodate 6 people comfortably. A kitchen, outdoor fireplace and a comfortable lounge makes this the ideal base to discover the Amboseli area. Two caretaker …see more
“Excellent house for visit to Alton with large group” Great locationf for Alton Towers. Plenty of room and toys in house for our 3 families of 2 adults and 2 young children. Great pub across the road, great food. They allowed us to carry the food on pl
Stayed here with a group of friends for my birthday. Lovely big property with plenty of character, great value and location.… More
“Beautiful house peaceful location ideal for Alton towers”
Reviewed 28 Mar 2012
We booked this house for a group break away and to visit Alton towers! It was everything the owner said it would be and more, the house is beautiful with big open fire and and amazing looking dinning … More
“Big, beautiful house in fabulous location - highly recommended”
Reviewed 28 Oct 2011
We stayed at this house for our daughter's 10th birthday with friends. The house is huge - very comfortable for our party of 12, the 6 children loved having the attic to themselves with playstation, … More
Located on the Southern Crete coast, an untouched area with picturesque scenery, where you will find a small selection of tavernas scattered along the coastline flanked by magnificent sandy beaches. The traditional villages of the area, the long history of the local ven …see more
“Picturesque, peaceful haven” I would highly recommend the accommodation at Loch Melfort pier and harbour. The location is beautiful and the commodore suite has a balcony and windows with views over the loch. It is a perfect location for singles or cou
“Nice house in a beautiful location” We knew from the photos that the location would be good, but if anything the views were even better than expected. The house is conveniently located for supermarkets and has a good restaurant (but not cheap) at a ho
“Wonderful house and wonderful location shared with wonderful friends!”
Reviewed 25 Aug 2012
This was the perfect place for us and our friends - plenty to see and do, and we also did a lot of relaxing. House fitted all our needs and the pool was a great addition. Bird life fantastic. Beautifu… More
So happy you had a great time,we are having works done to make the house even more comfortable by adding a sixth bedroom with en suite shower room and enlarging the dining area so that it can comfortably accommodate 12 guests. Images will be posted as soon as the works have finished which will be March 2013 at the latest.
“Lovely house, perfect setting.”
Reviewed 9 Jan 2012
Gerrard, the owner was very friendly and helpful even to the point of arranging a meal for us on the first evening after a long journey. Booking the property was easy and completed without any proble… More
“Relaxing family break” We stayed as a family for a week at Roma's amazing villa. The location was beautiful and so peaceful, it truly was an amazing place.
Spacious and homely, room for everyone. The pool and BBQ areas were well utilised you had a
The perfect villa, in the perfect location with the perfect host! We booked the holiday last year so have had a long time to look forward to it and build our expectations and it exceeding on all count… More
It gives me so much pleasure to know how much you enjoyed your holiday and your time in Villa Flores, I am very glad that you are already referring your friends and I look forward to seeing you again very soon, it was a great pleasure meeting you all.
Set in the grounds of a Grade II listed Georgian farmhouse, the Stocks Barn offers beautiful and well equipped self-catering accommodation on the edge of a quiet country village. We have been awarded the 4 stars in the first year, second and now third year of operation …see more
“Fantastic apartment” Antonella met us and let us leave our luggage in the apartment before the apartment was ready for us, she was very helpful. the apartment is fantastic with a beautiful view from the balcony it is also very close to everything in N
very modern and clean and comfortable, best suitment, nice view to the sea.Just 100 m to walk to the beach, 5 minutes to walk to the area with restaurants and souvenirs and coffeshops. Street of the a… More
Reviewed 12 Jan 2016
This is a beautifully furnished well equipped apartment. Well situated 5 minutes walk to the Balcon de Europe and a good choice of supermarkets within easy walking distance. The owner Antonella and he… More
“Perfect and beautiful place for visit in Andalusia”
Reviewed 30 Aug 2015
A beautiful apartment, very well situated close to beach and citycenter. Easy access to highway for exploring the surroundings. Comes highly recommended by us.… More
Spacious, elegant, newly reburbished traditional riad on a quiet street in the heart of the medina. 10 minutes walk from the beach, sea view from upper terrace. Open log fire. Suitable for groups, couples and families. Very friendly and helpful English speaking staff wh …see more
Charming traditional house with swimming pool located in the spectacular plain of olive trees close to the sea between Ostuni and Fasano. With 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, it has a capacity of 8 beds and is just 4 km from the sandy beaches of the Adriatic coast. …see more
De Kleine Oele, (Meaning the little owl) is a traditional Dutch grounds cottage available for relaxed holiday rental, inspirational retreat, selfcatering or bed&breakfast, in a pretty garden (part semi-wild, part herb and fruit) in the real, ultimate Dutch countryside: …see more
Beach front villa in the pristine north of Bali . Direct beach access , private 18x6m infinity swimming pool , private car with driver available , lounge room with poolbiljard , entertainment room with home cinema , tropical garden, ensuite slp with AC. 6 pax staff.Outs …see more
“BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE” We found this cottage very clean and everything you wanted was provided....yummy scones from local shop and bottle of wine waiting for our arrival. The location is great to explore most of south cornwall. Some fab beaches for the do
We had a really enjoyable stay in the cottage blessed by a week of glorious sunshine. The welcome gifts were greatly appreciated and the location was spectacular with excellent views of the mount. T… More
“Little gem with great atmospheric views of St. Michael's Mount”
Reviewed 11 Aug 2011
We booked to stay for a week in October in 2010. We loved Marazion and we felt very at home in Artist's Cottage, which is well appointed and imaginatively designed. The location is excellent - 5 min w… More
“Quirky cottage with a great sea view”
Reviewed 26 Aug 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Artists Cottage, in one of our favourite locations of all time - Marazion. The cottage was quirky, fun and featured one of the best sea views you could wish for.… More
“A little piece of Irish heaven, this is a wonderful place.” We only stayed for three nights, we wanted peace & quiet, it was perfect for us. The views over the beach and headland were spectacular as was the mountains beside us. The owners were very fr
“Great cottage great views and great owners would do anything for you!!”
Reviewed 15 Apr 2013
The house was great in a beautiful place would recommend it to anyone! The owners are lovely people couldnt do enough for us. The locals are brilliant had great craic in the pub hopefully get back aga… More
“Relaxing Stay on the waterways of Ireland” We have friends who we wanted to visit who live nearby so the location suited us perfectly. The house itself was absolutely spotless and felt very fresh and light. It was tastefully decorated and very comfo
“Great Gite, fabulous pool, lovely hosts and beautiful area” We were looking for an area of France with lots to do, this area certainly has that! The Gite itself is very well equipped and very comfortable, the bathroom is especially nice. Everything ha
This is a lovely stone built cottage in a farming village in the Pyrenees. The gite itself comprises one half of the building with the owners occupying the other part. The gite is cool and spacious w… More
Villa Kekova is one of the 2 parts of Villa Aksel with private sitting area, private outside shower and BBQ, own garden, own fireplace, big shared terrace and 4 x 8 m shared Pool. Air-conditioned. Great Seaview and Sundowns. All rooms air-conditioned / heatable.Note : V …see more
“Excellent but beware if you do not like really steep stairs” Spotlessly clean, very comfortable, well equipped. Would have very happily given 5 stars except for the stairs which are really (!) steep. It did not matter too much to us although one of
“Cosy welcoming house full of character & history”
Reviewed 13 Aug 2016
We loved the house and the facilities, the rooms were spacious and cosy, with big family kitchen. The bath was amazing and big enough for two, the history and books were really interesting. Well equip… More
Thank you for your review. We sincerely apologize for the untidiness of our cottage garden. I have held discussions with our gardening company and advised them that their current standard is not acceptable and I will now be completing spot checks. I have sent you a letter by separate cover to your home address and once again apologies.
Reviewed 8 Oct 2012
This is a gorgeous cottage that has been beautifully and luxuriously refurbished whilst retaing all its original character. The two lounges are spacious and comfortable, the best feature being a wood… More
“A very pleasant stay.”
Reviewed 19 Jul 2016
The cottage was ideal for us- a party of three generations ( age range 30 to 83). Lovely and clean and with two lounges we could spread ourselves about. Although we didn't cook there we had a lovely B… More
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park / Inversnaid
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“Lovely property in a fantastic location!” Had a very pleasant stay at this property. After arriving at this amazing location we were made to feel very welcome. A very homely feeling about the place. The property is kept at a very high level, very clea
Kelly and Paul are fantastic hosts. If you are looking for somewhere remote, long walks, fantastic home cooked food then this is the place to go. The only downside for us was the fact that nearest pu… More
Thank you so much Mandy and Paul. It was a pleasure having you stay and we look forward to your return with your grandson xx
“Warm welcome, fabulous villa, idyllic setting.” Fantastic welcome from the family. Clean, spacious and full of character. Surrounded by woodland but also great views. On white road about 5km uphill from Poppi, roads a little narrow at times. Pool on
“Great villa and surroundings and wonderfully welcoming, helpfull and friendly hosts”
Reviewed 24 Jul 2015
We were welcomed by the owners in an exceptionally generous way with home made pizza, bread and cookies, also cheese, cold meats and a bottle of wine. Really wonderful. Throughout our stay the owners … More
Grazie mille! It was really nice to spend some time with you and your family, ciao!! Stella
“Fabulous Villa in Poppi”
Reviewed 23 Jun 2015
My family and I stayed at La Casina from 23 – 30 May. There were 8 adults and 1 child and La Casina accommodated for us all.
The villa was beautiful and views stunning. Plenty of terraces to enjo… More
For us it was a pleasure to help you!
We hope to see you soon!
Our best wishes for all of you!!
Stella, Nicolò, Gigi a Anna
“the drive is well worth it”
Reviewed 13 Jul 2014
La Casina is about 15 mins from the small hill town of Poppi in Arezzo Province,the Tapanessi family were wonderful hosts ,you need some guidance from Poppi to locate the villa which was provided by N… More
Many thanks for your review Bobby!
Hope to see you again, Ciao!! Stella
Kalohorafitis is a village on the southern slopes of the Ida Mountains, on the edge of Messara. It is located 230m above the sea level. 10 minutes drive to the beach of kokinos pyrgos. In summer it is cooler and refreshing.Traditional stone-house, with private infinity …see more
Villa Carlo is a large luxury Villa among olives trees and wineyards with private heated swimming pool (13 x 4 mts), glass house in the garden with spa and hot tube (jacuzzi up to 6 people), sauna (up to 6 people).
Nature, quiet, wonderful view. Free organic wine & ol …see more
“Fantastic views” The views from the sun terrace were fantastic, changing regularly depending on weather and the time of ay.
The top bedroom was a real bonus, it was great to wake up in the morning and look over at the mountains from the bed. Also th
“Very Well Maintained” We were a group of 7 families and enjoyed the house very much. We enjoyed the well maintained pool area and garden, loved the cooking in the kitchen and enjoyed lunch and dinner on a marvellous veranda with sufficient shaded seat
We had a most wonderful week! The villa was just perfect for our large family - all 24 of us. The facility was large enough so that the children could entertain themselves with the sport facilities wh… More
“Wonderful place for an extended family holiday”
Reviewed 8 Sep 2015
We were surprised by how big the villa actually was - a lot bigger than we'd expected from the description and photos. Very clean and well maintained, and the housekeeper, Martha, was really helpful.… More
A Private Pool and an Oasis for your escape within the Pullman Sea Temple Resort.A cut above and with great style is what defines E´lan at Sea Temple. E´lan is a bespoke 3 bedroom private oasis for up to 6 guests within the Pullman Sea Temple Resort. Enjoy you …see more
A detached and private stone quarrier`s house, originally four cottages now combined into one substantial architect designed residence situated in the heart of the Conservation village of Cullipool just 100 metres from the sea, and commanding magnificent views over t …see more
“Comfortable, well equipped, recommended” A comfortable, well equipped property in an interesting location just outside Marsden. Good views across a lake and the Huddersfield Narrow canal. Easy to get to Marsden on foot along the tow path, but not reco
“Heavenly” We booked Casa Almendros to use it as a base for touring Andalusia, as Granada, Cordoba & Seville are all readily accessible by motorway from nearby Antequera (30-min drive). However, when we saw the stunning location of the house our plans
NEW FOR SPRING 2015 SWIMMING POOL, 2 EN-SUITE DOUBLE ROOMS, GAZEBO WITH BBQ AND PIZZA OVENLocated in beautiful rolling hills of Le Marche near the medieval town of Tolentino. With a similar landscape to Tuscany but much lower prices and less crowded venues, Le March …see more
“Awesome View of the Douro. Great House.” We have been at Palmira's Home for some days. The House is well located near the Douro River, in a quite area where you can see an awesome view over the Douro Valley. The Swimming pool is very nice and well loc
“Perfection in Portugal” We stayed at Casa Branca for a week whilst travelling around the area, after a long day out it was lovely to come back to the villa and spark up the BBQ and open a bottle or two of the local vino and cool off in the beautiful p
Lovely property with your own pool.So relaxing.Plenty to see a short drive away, if you can drag yourself off your sun bed. ! If you hanker after a relaxing break,chilled out wining and dining on your… More
Thank you for your lovely review and happy that you enjoyed your stay as much as we enjoyed you company.
Very best wishes.
Bruce and Bella
“Fantastic, a house and location like something out of a dream.”
Reviewed 24 Feb 2013
My wife and I stayed here for a week in the summer of 2011. We had a fantastic time, the surrounding mountains and scenery is stunning and so peaceful. We were looking for a relaxing, peaceful time an… More
Thank you very much for your review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
“Everything you could want!”
Reviewed 21 Feb 2013
Delightful cottage with a crystal clear pool a few steps away from the front door for those refreshing early morning dips or to cool down at the end of a long day's touring around this most stunning p… More
Thank you very much for your review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.